Social Evening 2018
October 25 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Our annual Social Evening will take place on Thursday 25th October, during the National Honey Show, and the venue, Esher Place, is very close to the venue of the NHS (see map below or directions here).
The speaker will be Norman Carreck, who will talk about what more than ten years of surveys have told us about global honey bee colony losses.
The talk will be followed by a finger buffet with wine or soft drink.
Tickets are £20 per person, and are available now.
About Norman Carreck
Norman Carreck has been has been keeping bees for thirty nine years, and has been a bee research scientist for twenty eight. He has lectured about bees on all continents where bees are kept, has written many scientific papers, book chapters, conference contributions and popular articles, has edited several books and regularly appeared in the media in many countries. He is a director of Carreck Consultancy Ltd and Bee Publishing Ltd and is based at the University of Sussex, UK.
“What have more than ten years of surveys told us about global honey bee colony losses?”
In 2006 the world’s media were full of dramatic accounts of the death of honey bee colonies in the USA, and the discovery of an apparently new and highly infectious disease which was named “Colony Collapse Disorder”. As with the “Isle of Wight Disease” in the UK a century earlier, within a short time all colony losses anywhere were attributed to this new scourge. But were colony losses really much higher? In the absence of reliable data, it was very difficult to say… The crisis led to a number of surveys of beekeepers such as those of the Bee Informed Partnership in the USA and the COLOSS association in Europe and elsewhere. There are now more than ten years of data from many countries collected in a generally systematic way. What can now be said about the general patterns of colony loss? More importantly, what clues and conclusions can we draw about the causes of these losses, and what steps can beekeepers take to minimise them?